Taking 10 Minutes a Day for Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

First, before I begin, let me say I’m going to call these “aspirations” instead of “resolutions” — you may think I’m splitting hairs but try it yourself and you’ll see what I mean. First say, “My new year’s resolution is to get in shape” and now say, “My new year’s aspiration is to get in shape.” Doesn’t the second feel much more hopeful and full of promise? “Resolution” has failure written all over it — or at least fear and disappointment.

OK, enough with my hokey semantics (but really I mean it!)

According to the federal government (www.usa.gov), these are the top new year’s resolutions:

  • Get a better education
  • Get a better job
  • Get fit
  • Lose weight
  • Manage debt
  • Save money
  • Manage stress
  • Take a trip
  • Volunteer to help others
  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce, reuse, recyle
  • Drink less alcohol


Almost all of those are things that I could benefit from. So here’s my idea — each day I will research some 10-minute idea related to those goals and then blog about what I learned. Luckily, most fall into somewhat related categories.

So here’s what daily posts will look like:

  • Mondays: Mind (posts will relate to education or career)
  • Tuesdays: Body (info on fitness, healthy lifestyle)
  • Wednesdays: Pocket (topics related to how to spending, savings, investment or debt)
  • Thursdays: Soul (posts about stress management, vacation planning, volunteerism, or reducing/reusing/recycling)
  • Fridays: Fun — I don’t know what this will be, but it will be a mental break!


So at least every week we will “keep the ball rolling” on these goals, so they’re not ancient history by mid-January. At least weekly, we will share new ideas and methods for actually making it happen in 2011!

Good gravy, I’m biting off a lot here. Clearly, I have new year’s aspiration-itis. Please let this last longer than the average 36 hours most resolutions last!But in the Give Me 10! tradition, I will forge ahead and see where I end up! Please come on the journey with me and steer me in the right direction!

Post your own New Year’s aspirations…